MSDUK CEO Mayank Shah will be one of 125 business leaders to be featured in a diversity exhibition. The Diversity Works’, project examines the ‘diversity proposition’ through a series of portraits and perspectives featuring; business and thought leaders, managers and agents of change.

Over a period of 3 years more than 125 business leaders, managers and agents of change, including, Sir Nicholas Serota, Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Inga Beale DBE, John Bercow MP, Lord Browne, Vanessa Kingori MBE and Gok Wan were photographed and interviewed by Shahid Bashir. (

The project examines the value of rethinking leadership and culture to develop people, processes and systems that are inclusive and facilitate difference in the broadest sense of the word. It asks…

– How is diversity actually perceived and experienced within the context of work?
– What is the positive core of diversity and how does it relate to the positive core of an organisation?
– What are the negative stereotypes that are dismissively associated with diversity?
– What are the conditions under which diversity and inclusion can flourish in organisations?

The portraits have been taken in a particular style moving away from the happy, smiley corporate portraits we are all used to seeing. Instead, they incorporate a contemporary black and white, deadpan format as contributors are asked to draw on their lived experience and reflect on a specific moment in their lives when they were excluded and felt left.

As a business psychologist and lens-based artist, Shahid takes the white cube concept into large corporate spaces to get people to slow down, pause and ponder on their own lived experience. Creating a strong interactive element to his photographic installations, they are engagement pieces with multiple layers of meaning that facilitate self-reflection, reveal fresh perspectives and start new conversations. The aim…, is to encourage people to open up to new possibilities, to experience new ways of being and playing at work.

In his personal work, Shahid playfully interrogates the idea of the authentic self, examining the interplay between external forces and internal narratives and how this dynamic drives behaviour. His approach is informed by his roots in positive psychology and appreciative inquiry which is embedded in his practice. He is currently creating new works translating his approach to wider contexts, which can be seen at,